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2016 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

07/06/2016 8:23 AM -

The Rimington Trophy Committee has released its 2016 Fall Watch List. After careful consideration during the off-season and spring practices, representatives from Division I football programs across the country submitted nominations to the Rimington Trophy committee and the watch list was created. These athletes are projected to excel at the center position in the upcoming season. (Please note that there have been changes since the release of the watch list in the spring.)

 

As the season progresses, the committee will continue to watch all players listed below and will announce its finalists on December 5, 2016.

 

While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee used these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:

 

·       Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)

·       Sporting News (SN)

·       Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)

 

Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a "mix" of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11- man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the All- America teams.

 

The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

 

All questions about the Rimington Trophy can be directed to Michelle Pelini at mpelini@esiason.org.

 

Conference

School

First Name

Last Name

Class Year

Height

Weight

Am. Athl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cincinnati

Deyshawn

Bond

SR

6'1

295

 

Connecticut

Ryan

Crozier

RS SO

6'4

296

 

Houston

Will

Noble

SO

6'4

290

 

Memphis

Drew

Kyser

SO

6'5

300

 

SMU

Evan

Brown

JR

6'3

306

 

Temple

Brendan

McGowan

Grad

6'3

298

 

Tulsa

Chandler

Miller

SO

6'3

290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston College

Jon

Baker

JR

6'3

293

 

Clemson

Jay

Guillermo

SR

6'3

325

 

Florida State

Alec

Eberle

RS SO

6'4

287

 

Georgia Tech

Freddie

Burden

RS SR

6'4

299

 

Miami

Nicholas

Linder

JR

6'3

300

 

North Carolina

Lucas

Crowley

SR

6'3

290

 

NC State

Joe

Scelfo

RS GR

6'1

300

 

Pittsburgh

Alex

Officer

RS JR

6'4

335

 

Syracuse

Jason

Emerich

RS SR

6'3

293

 

Virginia

Jackson

Matteo

SR

6'5

290

 

Virginia Tech

Eric

Gallo

JR

6'2

297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Ten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois

Joe

Spencer

SR

6'4

300

 

Iowa

Sean

Welsh

JR

6'3

290

 

Maryland

Brendan

Moore

SO

6'3

295

 

Michigan

Mason

Cole

JR

6'5

305

 

Michigan State

Brian

Allen

JR

6'2

303

 

Nebraska

Dylan

Utter

SR

6'1

295

 

Ohio State

Pat

Elfein

SR

6'3

300

 

Wisconsin

Michael

Deiter

SO

6'6

316

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baylor

Kyle

Fuller

SR

6'5

310

 

Kansas State

Dalton

Risner

SO

6'5

300

 

Oklahoma

Jonathan

Alvarez

Junior

6'3

315

 

Oklahoma State

Brad

Lundblade

JR

6'3

300

 

TCU

Austin

Schlottmann

JR

6'6

300

 

Texas Tech

Tony

Morales

SR

6'3

285

 

West Virginia

Tyler

Orlosky

RS SR

6'4

295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C-USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIU

Michael

Montero

SR

6'2

299

 

Florida Atlantic

Dillon

DeBoer

Grad

6'6

295

 

Middle Tennessee

Daniel

Stephens

SR

6'2

306

 

Old Dominion

Nick

Clarke

SO

6'4

301

 

Southern Miss

Cameron

Tom

SR

6'4

287

 

WKU

Max

Halpin

RS SR

6'3

295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling Green

Tim

McAuliffe

RS JR

6'0

272

 

Buffalo

James

O'Hagan

SO

6'2

308

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mtn. West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado State

Jake

Bennett

JR

6'3

295

 

Hawaii

Asotui

Eli

RS SO

6'4

295

 

Nevada

Nathan

Goltry

SR

6'2

300

 

San Diego State

Arthur

Flores

SR

6'5

305

 

UNLV

Will

Kreitler

SR

6'0

300

 

Utah State

Austin

Stephens

SR

6'3

305

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pac-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USC

Toa

Lobendahn

JR

6'3

295

 

Washington

Coleman

Shelton

JR

6'4

292

 

Washington State

Riley

Sorenson

SR

6'4

327

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas

Frank

Ragnow

JR

6'5

314

 

Georgia

Brandon

Kublanow

SR

6'3

282

 

Kentucky

Jon

Toth

SR

6'5

310

 

LSU

Ethan

Pocic

SR

6'7

309

 

Mississippi State

Jamaal

Clayborn

SR

6'4

315

 

Ole Miss

Robert

Conyers

SR

6'5

290

 

South Carolina

Alan

Knott

RS JR

6'4

280

 

Tennessee

Coleman

Thomas

JR

6'5

301

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Belt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas State

Devin

Mondie

SR

6'5

304

 

Georgia Southern

Andy

Kwon

SR

6'2

300

 

Georgia State

Gabe

Mobley

SO

6'2

285

 

Idaho

Steve

Matlock

SR

6'2

270

 

 

About the Rimington Trophy

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $120 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

 

Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.

 

For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com

 

About the NCFAA

The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast over 722 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

 

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Seventeen of the association’s 22 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the complete 2016 preseason watch list calendar:

 

Tues., July 5: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award

Wed., July 6: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy

Thurs., July 7: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award

Fri., July 8: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy

Mon., July 11: Jim Thorpe Award

Tues., July 12: Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award

Wed., July 13: Biletnikoff Award / Wuerffel Trophy

Thurs, July 14: Davey O’Brien Award / Doak Walker Award

Fri., July 15: Walter Camp Award / Paul Hornung Award